Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) Fellowships 2020 (Fully-funded)

Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) Fellowships 2020 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: January 20, 2020

Applications for the 2020 Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund Fellowships are now open. The purpose of the ABCF program is to develop the capacity for agricultural biosciences research in Africa, to support research for development projects that contribute towards increasing food and nutritional security and/or food safety in Africa and to facilitate access to the BecA-ILRI Hub facilities by African researchers and their partners.

The fellowships are offered to applicants with innovative ideas for short term research projects (up to 6 monte4d8c.jpghs). Research projects should be aligned with national, regional or continental agricultural development priorities and CGIAR strategies for research.

Areas of Research

Applicant must be a scientist from African National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) e.g. national agricultural research institutes and universities. S/he should be interested to carry research on crops and livestock in the areas of national or regional priority. Scientists conducting research in the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Livestock genetics
    • Livestock focus: African indigenous breeds, particularly goats, chickens, pig, large ruminants and fish.
    • Research focus: harnessing genetic diversity for; conservation; resistance to disease and drought; improved productivity; disease control and rapid diagnostics of animal disease such as African Swine fever (ASF), Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR); tick and tickborne diseases; Newcastle disease; Gumboro disease, etc.
  • Crop improvement and plant protection: molecular breeding, rapid diagnostics, management of crop pests, pathogens and weeds, plant-microbe interactions, soil health, application of microbial technology for improving the adaptation of staple food crops and forages to biotic and abiotic stresses.
  • One Health: food nutrition quality analysis, food safety and mycotoxin analysis, zoonotic microbes (bacteria, virus, fungus, protozoa, helminth) and antimicrobial resistance.
  • Bioinformatics and data sciences: on research areas listed above.

Fellowship

The Fellowship will support;

  • Research costs at the BecA-ILRI Hub;
  • Travel from home country to Nairobi and back.
  • Medical insurance;
  • Accommodation; and
  • A modest subsistence allowance.

The ABCF fellowship does not cover fieldwork or research in the applicant’s home country.

Eligibility

Applicants of the fellowship must:

  • Be 45 years of age or younger at the time of application
  • Be from the 18 BecA mandate countries which are: Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. In exceptional cases, applicants from other African countries will be considered.
  • Be a researcher employed in an African NARS.
  • Be actively engaged in research that is contributing to agricultural development in Africa.
  • Have attained a minimum education level of a master’s degree
  • Have good working knowledge of written and spoken English.
  • Submit the application with a signed letter of endorsement of the application or letter of nomination from the head of the applicant’s home institute/organization.
  • NOT be a previous fellow.

Application

Click here to apply

For more information, visit ABCF Fellowship.

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